Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Vacation in Athens

One of the vacation destinations on my must-visit list is Greece and when I think of Greece, Athens comes to mind. It is Spring now and I was told that Spring is the best time to visit Athens as the climate is just perfect and the rates are reasonable. By contrast, the summers are hot in Athens and temperatures can hit as high as 110 deg F. However, some people don't mind the heat and if you happen to be there in summer, you would be wise to be attired in light clothing, bring along a hat, sun block, and a bottle of water everywhere you go.

What's there in Athens you might ask. If you know your history well, you'd know that Athens, named after goddess Athena, is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history of at least 3,000 years according to Wikipedia. All the Greek mythology tales further add enchantment to the city which is the 8th largest conurbation in the world. The one monument that denotes Athens is The Acropolis and needless to say, it is a must-see sight. Athens is not only an ancient city, it is also a cultural center with fine cuisine, theater, and generous Greek hospitality, I read. The 2004 Olympics was held in Athens, if you recall.

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